CFFS 2023 – Dream Black (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 4 at 2pm

Watch online: Feb. 3–12, 2023

In-person tickets >

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Virtual tickets >

$5 – $25 Sliding Scale

Festival passes >

$90 – $190 Sliding Scale

VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available!

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

🆓 Free Community Tickets 🆓

A number of seats will be held at each show for members of the community for whom ticket cost is an obstacle. If you’d like to attend free of charge, please email María and Paul (, to let them know which program and showtime you’re interested in!

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


Get swept away by the emotions, adventures, and vibrant dreams of the young Black protagonists in this collection of shorts.

Header photo credit: The Night I Left America, dir. Laki Karavias


FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

Films in this program:

The Night I Left America

WA State premiere!

A teenaged immigrant finds himself at a crossroads between holding on to the promise of opportunity in America and embracing the life he left behind in Uganda.

(Laki Karavias, US, 2021, 14 min, in English & Luganda with English subtitles)

Charlie and the Hunt

West Coast premiere!

Charlie and the Hunt is the fantastical journey of Charlie Miles, a little Black American girl with a taste for adventure. One day, Charlie takes off into the wild to recover a bracelet of her mother’s that she is responsible for losing. She takes along Shirley, her mischievous dog, and together they follow Charlie’s homemade treasure map, disappearing into a lush forest full of breathtaking landscapes and towering waterfalls.

(Jenn Shaw, US, 2021, 15 min, in English & American Sign Language with English subtitles)

Talking Murals

West Coast premiere!

Talking Murals puts a spotlight on the many talented Black artists and artistic depictions of Black people in NYC. It highlights beautiful street art made by Black artists, and the impact it has on New Yorkers.

(Shua Alatriste, US, 2022, 2 min, in English)


Seattle premiere!

When a tween mermaid enthusiast discovers an ailing water creature, she uses a magical wish to change their fate… and her own.

(Ebony Blanding,US, 2022, 20 min, in English)

Generation Impact: The Coder

Seattle premiere!

Jay Jay Patton was only 13 when she designed and built Photo Patch, a mobile app to help kids send photos and letters to parents who are incarcerated. The app was inspired by Jay Jay’s own experience; her dad was in prison for five years and it was difficult to communicate with him as much as she wanted.

(Samantha Knowles, US, 2021, 7 min, in English)

She Dreams At Sunrise

Every sunrise, Gerry dreams of a magical world where life feels as joyful as it once was. But when she wakes up, her great-nephew must find ways to remind her of the joy that’s still there.

(Camrus Johnson, US, 2021, 11 min, in English)

Room Rodeo

Seattle premiere!

Room Rodeo is a drama-documentary hybrid where a wide-eyed boy takes matters into his own hands in order to prove he is the great grandson of a legendary Black cowboy.

(Lola Mosanya, US, 2021, 14 min, in English)

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Step into a world of fantasy and fairytale at the 2023 Children’s Film Festival Seattle! Expect fantastical films, wondrous workshops, and spectacular special events. Since 2005, CFFS has provided a joyous and dynamic setting to celebrate the best and brightest in international film programs for children and families through films, workshops, field trips, and filmmaker discussions.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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